Kim Kashkashian is recognized internationally as a unique voice on the viola. Her studies were with Karen Tuttle and Walter Trampler at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.
Ms. Kashkashian received a 2013 Grammy Award in the “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” category for Kurtag and Ligeti: Music for Viola on the ECM Records Label. Kim Kashkashian’s recording, with Robert Levin, of the Brahms Sonatas, won the Edison Prize in 1999. Her 2000 recording of concertos by Bartók, Eötvös and Kurtág won the 2001 Cannes Classical Award for a premiere recording by a soloist with orchestra. Kim was awarded the George Peabody Medal for outstanding contributions to music in America, as well as the prestigious Golden Bow award of Switzerland. In 2016 Ms. Kashkashian was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
As an advocate of contemporary music, she has worked to broaden scope of the viola’s voice and repertoire in collaboration with composers Tigran Mansurian, Péter Eötvös, Ken Ueno, Betty Olivero, Lera Auerbach and Toshio Hosokawa.
Marlboro and the Viennese School, represented by her mentor, Felix Galimir, were major influences in developing her love of chamber music. She is a regular participant at the Verbier, Salzburg, Lockenhaus, Marlboro, and Ravinia festivals. As soloist, she has appeared with the major orchestras of Berlin, London, Vienna, Paris, Milan, New York, and Cleveland and presented duo recitals in New York, Boston, Baltimore San Francisco, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Frankfurt, Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Paris, Athens, and Tokyo.
Ms. Kashkashian, resides in Boston, coaching chamber music and viola at the New England Conservatory, and is Founder and President of Music for Food.